The annual Hornbill Festival, held at Kisama Heritage Village, 10 kilometers from the capital Kohima, showcases the best of Naga delicacies, music, dance, games, arts and crafts.
The ten-day event offers visitors a chance to delve deep into the rich history and culture of the 16 tribes that inhabit the region. It also functions as a massive tourist attraction for the state, with the pandemic spoiling the required numbers. In 2019, the festival recorded a record attendance of 2.69 lakh, which included 3,015 foreigners, 55,584 domestic tourists and over two lakh locals. In the same year, crowds were treated to memorable performances by Dualist Inquiry, When Chai Met Toast, Indus Creed, Girish and the Chronicles, Swarathma and Alobo Naga and the Band, Ape Echoes, rock band Perfect Strangers, bands folk and fusion such as Divine Connection and Indonesian DJ Lil Bomb, among a host of local artists. The lineup for this year’s event has yet to be announced.
Visitors can expect a rustic venue with colorful tribal huts and craft stalls selling distinctive souvenirs, as well as captivating folk dances, musical performances and games by native warrior tribes.
4. Festival of Magnetic Fields
Where: Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan
When: December 9-11
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After a pandemic-induced two-year hiatus, Magnetic Fields returns to the golden sands of Alsisar in December.
What makes this festival so coveted by music lovers is that it puts as much emphasis on curation as it does on bringing exciting new music to attendees. From classic rock and roll to jazz and folk music, the three-day event offers an exponential stage for artists looking to transcend their music across barriers.
Over the past few years, big bands like Four Tet and Khruangbin to BICEP and DJ Lag have performed on this stage. The festival focuses each year on a singular theme, and the choice of 2022 is quite appropriate: “Reconnection”.
5. Sunburn Party